Project information

Saving the world's trees on the edge of extinction

BGCI is currently working with local botanic gardens to protect threatened tree species from extinction in Fiji, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Haiti. We would like to extend these efforts to include other islands where tree species run the risk of being lost forever.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Botanic Gardens Conservation International

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  • Need

    Need

    Many tree species have very few individuals remaining in the wild due to human development. Small islands are home to many unique species, but their botanic gardens are often small and underfunded, leaving a conservation skills gap that puts these threatened trees at a high risk of extinction. Whether it is Cayes Garden in Haiti trying to conserve a rare palm after hurricane damage or Suva Botanical Gardens in Fiji trying to find a tree last recorded 70 years ago, BGCI is there to support them.

    Solution

    BGCI provides training and financial support to small gardens that is specifically designed to solve particular skills or funding gaps. Last year BGCI trained >300 people in survey and inventory, threat assessments, seed collecting, nursery skills and ecological restoration. For this project we will work with small island gardens where tree species requiring urgent conservation measures have been identified.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To identify island tree species at risk of extinction using the IUCN red list methodology

    Activities

    » Desk based study and literature survey followed by ground-based survey and inventory to assess the conservation status of target tree species.

    Improved data and knowledge about the conservation status, threats and mitigation actions for each tree species identified.


    Aim 2

    To deploy expertise from our global network of 500 botanic gardens to provide appropriate training.

    Activities

    » Training needs assessment carried out and experts identified from BGCI’s global network to carry out training
    » Training courses run in survey and inventory, threat assessment, seed conservation, nursery techniques and ecological restoration as appropriate.

    Local botanic garden staff equipped with the skills needed to carry out conservation actions.


    Aim 3

    To provide financial and technical support to carry out tree conservation actions on the ground.

    Activities

    » Conservation actions carried out on the ground, protecting and augmenting natural populations of critically endangered tree species.

    Critically endangered tree species conserved ex situ in seed banks and botanic gardens and protected in the wild.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term impacts will be better conserved and managed tree species, and avoided extinctions. For those tree species threatened by over-exploitation, well managed populations will ensure improved livelihood benefits for local people. BGCI’s integrated approach to tree conservation, working with local authorities and communities will be scaled up to other areas. Success will be measured in avoided extinctions, improved natural resource stewardship and more sustainable livelihoods locally.

    Risk

    1. Our on-the-ground projects rely on cooperation with local communities; without their help and co-operation, achieving tree conservation is much more difficult. We minimise this risk by involving local people from the start. We have a wealth of experience working in this way.

    2. Trees may be technically difficult to propagate or manage. However our strong worldwide network of plant science partners has the expertise and knowledge to solve these technical impediments.

    Reporting

    1. Formal conservation assessments of threatened trees

    2. Regular updates to the Global Trees Campaign website and social media detailing ongoing and prospective activities.

    3. Large donors will receive annual reports on our progress to protect threatened trees

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Capacity building Running training workshops, creating resources and raising public awareness
      £8,000 On the ground conservation Interventions include population reinforcement, habitat restoration, increasing public awareness
      £4,000 Project management Staff time, coordination

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
    Keidanren £22,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Many of the world's most threatened trees occur on small islands, suffering from threats such as invasive species, land-use change and extraction for human use. BGCI is currently working to protect tree species from extinction in Fiji, Mauritius, the Seychelles. We would like to extend this to include other islands where tree species run the risk of being lost forever. Our worldwide network comprises around 500 botanic gardens and conservation organisations in 96 countries.

    Beneficiaries

    The Global Trees Campaign aims to work with local communities to reduce the threats to target tree species and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Protecting the world’s trees has a positive wider impact with the provision of ecosystem services, climate change mitigation and provisioning services, such as timber, fuelwood, food, medicines and fibre. Supporting small botanic gardens benefits the local community as well as improving conservation capacity for other species at the institution.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is a lack of coordinated action to conserve the world’s threatened trees. BGCI has a great track record of delivering successful conservation actions around the world to protect threatened plants. BGCI has an extensive network of over 500 botanic garden members in 96 countries who bring technical expertise in growing, conserving and managing trees. BGCI also hosts a panel of tree experts from across the world who regularly contribute to our tree projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Emily Beech

    Conservation Assistant (BGCI): Managing the Survey and Inventory programme at BGCI